Pop-Up Love Party


What is love?

Pop-Up Love Party reimagines Plato’s Symposium in its quest to define love with all its plagues and pleasures by employing aerobics, holding a kangaroo court, exposing audience passion, and pumping out an infectious pop ballad that will mend broken hearts around the world.

Enriching this roller coaster ride through the depths of desire is a 7-course snack menu created by Dartmouth-born, New York-famed, Michelin-starred chef, Daniel Burns. Chef Burns co-owns Luksus, which was recently named one of New York’s best new restaurants and one of America’s 50 best new restaurants by Bon Appétit. Burns created the menu specifically for Pop-Up Love Party with flavours and textures to heighten moments of the production.

To be certain, this ain’t no dinner theatre. It’s a philosophical feast, a sensory slip n’ slide, and a theatrical experience so unique it could only come from deep in the pulsing Zuppa heart.

Pop-Up Love Party was developed in part through The Collaborations at Canada’s National Arts Centre.

Pop-Up Love Party was developed by Zuppa Theatre Co. while they were Eastern Front Theatre’s HRM Artist in Residence.

The various productions of Pop-Up Love Party have been sponsored and supported by: The Canada Council for the Arts, The Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritagethe City of HalifaxArmbrae Academy, Atlantic NewsDeeDee’s Ice Cream, Venus Envy and Fred and Elizabeth Fountain, R&R Wealth Management and Marian Mancini, MLA for Dartmouth South.


Praise for Pop-Up Love Party

“It’s glorious […] a transformative night at the theatre” — Meghan Hubley, The Globe and Mail (Canada)
“a generous, playful, unexpected delight” — Andy Field, Forest Fringe (Edinburgh, UK)
“You need to see Pop-Up Love Party now!” — Lia Rinaldo, Devour! The Food Film Fest (Wolfville, NS)
“You’re on to something big and meaningful.” — Brenda Leadlay, Magnetic North Theatre Festival (Canada)
“brilliant, entertaining & delish!” — Rose Cousins, musician (Halifax, NS)


Based on Symposium by Plato
Created by Zuppa Theatre Co.
In collaboration with Chef Daniel Burns
Starring Ben Stone*, Susan Leblanc*, Stewart Legere
Directed by Alex McLean
Video design by Nick Bottomley
Original music by Stewart Legere
Overture by David Christensen
Sound design by Brian Riley

Locally-loved and accomplished chef, Dennis Johnston of Fid kitchen fame, will act as head chef for the production, overseeing the preparation of Daniel Burns’ menu.

*with permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association


Agent Dani Fecko, Fascinator Management

Current Productions

Zuppa’s 20th Anniversary Birthday Bash

Friday April 20th 7:00pm – 1:00am
Murphy’s on the Water – The Cable Wharf
Featuring the return of POP-UP LOVE PARTY

Doors: 7:00pm

Pop-Up Love Party
7:30pm – 9:30pm

Z20 After-Party Dance
9:30pm – 1:00am

Audience members must be 19 years or older…just like Zuppa!

Z20 After-Party Dance
Zuppa team members and friends will take turns spinning records. Raise a glass and shake your booty in celebration of Zuppa’s 20th!


Past Productions

Feb 8-11 at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Burnaby, BC

Feb 16-19 at Battery Park Beer Bar and Eatery – 62 Ochterloney St., Dartmouth, NS

March 15 – 19, 2016
Mother’s Pizza
Halifax, Nova Scotia

May 23 – 24, 2015
Bristol, UK

Intangible Studio
May 29 – 30, 2015
Chapter Arts Centre
Cardiff, UK

Ship’s Company Theatre
July 29 – 30, 2015
Parrsboro, Nova Scotia

In the Soil Festival
April 23 – 26, 2015
St. Catharines, Ontario


March 16 – 29, 2015
Lion & Bright Café Wine Bar
Halifax, Nova Scotia